Fired Kingsport policeman abandons appeal, resigns

J. H. Osborne • Oct 23, 2007 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Whatever he pursues in the future, soon-to-be former Kingsport Police Department Cpl. Tim Candler has Kingsport city government’s well wishes, City Manager John Campbell said Tuesday.

The “former” before Candler’s title will become official Friday, according to a statement released by City Hall after close of normal business hours Tuesday.

Candler, an 18-year veteran of the KPD and promoted to corporal just last year, tendered a resignation effective Oct. 26, according to a press release issued by city spokesman Tim Whaley.

Earlier this month, the city issued a press release to say Candler’s employment with the KPD had been terminated after an internal investigation of allegations against Candler.

His estranged wife, her employer and co-workers had complained of being watched by KPD personnel.

District Attorney Greeley Wells found no evidence of criminal violations, but Kingsport Police Chief Gale Osborne’s investigation found Candler violated city policies, according to information released by City Hall earlier this month.

According to the latest press release, Candler “has been on paid administrative leave pending consideration of his future with the city.”

What was pending, according to the release, was Candler’s appeal “of recommended disciplinary action,” and when Candler chose to go the resignation route instead, Osborne accepted Tuesday afternoon.

“Since Officer Candler decided to resign, there was no reason to render a decision in this matter,” Campbell said. “We do appreciate his service to the city and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Severance pay and other issues were not detailed in the press release, which concluded with a terse: “Because the issue is a personnel matter, no further statements will be issued in the matter.”

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